The word wunderkind was dragged, politely, into usage by that great plodder George Bernard Shaw to note that every age manages to season its offspring with instantaneous genius; Mozart is not a singularity. And for decades after, "wonder child" happily stayed within the safe semantic confines of age and the arts. Which was nice for the rest of us. You couldn’t be a wunderkind, without being a kind; you were not to be wundered at if you couldn’t perform some great musical, or perhaps painterly, feat. Then, in 1972, the New Yorker—channeling the emergence of youth culture the decade before—pushed the watershed and gave the kids some breathing space to [...]
Once you know that the reality TV "star" "phenomenon" is merely a set of nonsense network-packaged narratives, stories and characters deployed to capitalize on the news outlets that need "information" to sell their own products, particularly when those news outlets don't care that the information they present is actually the product being sold itself, and that the whole thing is a business ploy wherein publicity is made through various entities using other entities in a cash-funded reputation market, well then there's no point in treating reality TV as a cultural product. Sorry, Hank Stuever! You're right about reality TV, but you're just feeding the beast. Particularly since your [...]
The Post Co. will change to a new, still-undecided name and continue as a publicly traded company http://t.co/8VokdkOp8f
— Michael Roston (@michaelroston) August 5, 2013
I'm listening to the conference call. WaPo staffers asked not to tweet for 10 minutes.
— Romenesko (@romenesko) August 5, 2013
wait sorry is this a joke?
— Rachel Fershleiser (@RachelFersh) August 5, 2013
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— Jason Linkins (@dceiver) August 5, 2013
They can't make a non-shitty Kindle Fire but they can buy the Washington Post????
— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) August 5, 2013
Tom Scocca: You are familiar with the "Free for All" page of the Saturday Washington Post? Choire Sicha: Ha, vaguely. Tom Scocca: In which serious complaints about the paper are mixed willy-nilly with letters from cranks, in a great condescending gesture of false responsiveness?
What’s new, you might ask, in another tale of careless youth broken on the galley of journalism? Well, someone in power finally stood up—sort of—for the little guy. In a column on the resignation of 20-something Elizabeth Flock after charges of “a significant ethical lapse” and “serious factual errors,” the Washington Post’s Ombudsman Patrick Pexton said, you know what? The newspaper was just as culpable as the reporter: “The Post” he wrote, “failed her as much as she failed The Post.”
As stirring as it is to find a hint of post-hoc compassion in a professional culture where any mistake appears increasingly to be fatal, the question is: [...]
Be vigilant, America-your entrepreneurs are on the hook for bigger tax payments! That was the plain moral of an addled page one dispatch from this morning's Washington Post. The bulk of the piece, by Lori Montgomery and V. Dion Hayes, plies the heart-wrenching tale of one Gail Johnson, who operates a multistate chain of preschools out of Richmond, Virginia, and as the possessor of $500,000-plus annual income, faces the prospect of a 19 percent increase in her tax liability, from $120,000 to $143,000.
Never mind that Johnson's resourceful accountant, who has supplied these estimates, has her down for $90,000 in annual deductions-or indeed, that he avers that [...]